A month after the Atlanta Falcons defeated the Seattle Seahawks in the divisional round of the playoffs, cornerback Richard Sherman finally mustered enough courage to pop off about wide receiver Roddy White.
Earlier in the week, Sherman appeared on NFL Live and had this to say:
“He’s an easy matchup. He’ll be another easy matchup next year. This is just fact.”
But Sherman wasn’t done:
“You saw the game. He caught one pass on me the whole game. It’s probably a lifetime achievement for him, so congratulations. It’s a rarity. It’ll rarely ever happen. I think we play them again next year. It won’t happen again. They have to hide him in the formation. They have to bring him down. He can’t just stand out there and play receiver. They have to hide him and do everything to get him open.”
On Friday, Sherman decided to continue talking on the ATL Debate Club podcast.
“His strengths are in their system, within their system. His strengths aren’t his own.”
To perhaps take another shot at White, Sherman brought up Julio Jones:
“Julio Jones’ strengths are his own. Julio Jones is a dynamic playmaker. It doesn’t matter what scheme he’s playing in, he’s going to play well. If he’s out wide, if he’s in the slot, he’s going to present problems. Roddy can present problems for certain people, but he’s a product.”
You have to wonder how White can be a “product of his system” if the receiver has had three different offensive coordinators since 2007 and has still managed to average 93 receptions, 1,295 yards, and eight touchdowns. Needless to say, Sherman’s label doesn’t make much sense.
Furthermore, if White’s such an “easy matchup,” then shouldn’t Sherman have prevented the 47-yard touchdown reception he was torched for?
The outspoken cornerback chose to deflect blame on that play:
“During that game, for example, the play where he caught the touchdown, the touchdown wasn’t really on me to tell the truth. But I’m not going to throw a teammate under the bus, because I’m not that kind of player. If that’s what you guys want to say, I’ll take it.”
White gave a simple response via Twitter:
“I will address this clown this upcoming season i don’t waste my time in the offseason.”
The Falcons host the Seahawks in the Georgia Dome next season. Can’t wait.